Cable programming will account for one-third of this year's Peabody
Of the 34 Peabodys announced Tuesday, 12 will be forwarded to cable
productions or co-productions.
A separate award will go to America: A Tribute to Heroes, the one-shot
special uniting 30 cable and broadcast networks to raise funds for those
directly affected by what transpired Sept. 11.
Home Box Office's acclaimed Band of Brothers miniseries -- which toned
down its promotional tactics last fall in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedies --
earned one of four Peabodys for the network. Band will launch an encore
run next month.
A trio of telefilms -- Boycott, Wit and Conspiracy --
also earned honors for the premium channel.
Cable News Network and Nickelodeon each picked up a pair of Peabodys -- CNN
for its Beneath the Veil and Unholy War documentaries on
repression in Afghanistan pre-Sept. 11, and Nickelodeon for Blue's Clues
and Little Bill, two of its most popular series.
Other Peabody cable notables:
\u0007 Things Behind the Sun, Alison Anders' Showtime movie based on her
personal experiences with rape;
\u0007 A Huey P. Newton Story, Spike Lee's dramatization of the Black
Panther leader, premiering on Black Starz and running later on PBS;
\u0007 Hell in the Pacific, a World War II documentary on The Learning
\u0007 The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, a Cinemax presentation on the
baseball Hall of Famer.
All told, more than 1,100 TV, radio and Internet projects were entered in
this year's Peabody process, administered annually by the University of
Georgia's College of Journalism and Mass Communications.
The awards will be presented May 20 in New York, with Walter Cronkite hosting
the lunchtime ceremony.